Operation School Bell®
Operation School Bell provides new clothing and supplies to local elementary and middle school students in need.
- 2,774 elementary and middle school children in eight area school districts received services though Operation School Bell during 2015-2016.
- 27,870 elementary and middle school children have been clothed over the last 25 years of Operation School Bell's operation.
- During the 2015-2016 school year, 80% of school counselors felt the program had a very positive effect effect on student confidence, 90% of counselors felt the program had a very positive or positive effect on their students' inclusion in peer groups and 73% of school counselors felt that behavior at school was very positively or positively affected by participation in the Operation School Bell Program.
A teacher comment: "...this makes a tremendous impact on their lives...this helps them to be comfortable and confident students."
Another teacher comment: "...this program has been helpful in boosting student confidence by decreasing the social issues related to wearing the right clothes."
A counselor comment: "...students self-concept soars...even in the days ahead..."
A grandparent of a participating student wrote this note, "...I want to thank everyone involved for your kindness and generosity and helping provide my grandson with wonderful school clothes to help him feel proud of his appearance and be successful at school this year."
Student comments: "..."it felt really cool and special" and " Thank you for the clothes. The clothes fit on very well and I really like the red jacket I got."
A counselor comment: OSB provides a positive relational experience as well as a resource of new clothing which are factors that build resilience for students at risk."